An alternate approach to describe self quenching of the Nd 4F3/2 manifold is developed using computed self quenching and diffusion parameters. Two general regimes exist, one associated with slow diffusion and another associated with fast diffusion. Disparate results are obtained for Nd:YLF, Nd:YAG, as well as Nd:LaSc3(BO3)4 and are compared with experimental results. Calculated results are in general agreement with the experimental results.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

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